Finally got our Ecuador Photobook done!

30 12 2012

We sent our Ecuador Photobook off to be printed at Picaboo the other day. It definitely took a lot of editorial “discussion” between myself and Mrs Dragonspeed until we came up with the right mix of landscape/animals/people.

To view our project, click the following link: http://app.picaboo.com/WebView/Project.aspx?clientID=6f2b34d4602f3c671193b0877abb8658&version=295980&siteID=ViaPreview

 





Birds from our last day on the Galapagos Islands

16 07 2012

Our last morning in the Galapagos had us cruise around the islands of Daphne Major and Dapne Minor. One last chance to see a few more of the beautiful species in the Galapagos.

1) Next the tortoise, one of the iconic symbols of the Galapagos

Blue-footed Booby (Sula nebouxii) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2) Blue-Footed Booby on the wing

Blue-footed Booby (Sula nebouxii) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3) Brown Noddy – finally not hiding under a cliff!

Brown Noddy (Anous stolidus) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4) Red-billed Tropicbird

Red-billed Tropicbird (Phaethon aethereus) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5) Brown Noddies in the surf.

Brown Noddies fishing. by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6) The island of Dapne Minor

The sheer cliffs of Daphne minor by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

7) And a big mechanical bird with Daphne Major (left) and Daphne Minor (right) in the background.

Lining up to Leave by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

The day’s photos can be seen here:

 http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragons…th/7578664538/

Our cruise through the Galapagos was 8D7N and took us to many interesting places. For sheer volume of birds, Genovesa was amazing with the breeding red-footed boobies and nazca boobies as well as Frigatebird colony and swallow-tail gulls.

I understand that some of the southern islands, if you time it right, you get to see the waved albatross, but we had to make SOME compromises. An amazing insight into this little group of volcanic islands that grew up away from the rest of us.

I hope you’ve all enjoyed the various photos I posted over the past month of the incredible birds on these islands.





Birds of Santiago and Rabida Islands

11 07 2012

Our last full day of time in the Galapagos was spent touring Santiago and Rabida Islands. Notable for the very bright red sand on one and dark black sand on the other, it was a day of contrasts.

1. Yellow-Crowned Night Heron

Yellow-crowned Night Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. Frigatebird with fish

Battle Royale! by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. Dogfight!

Battle Royale! by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. Ruddy Turnstone

Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. Seeing double?

Seeing double? by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6. Blue-Footed Booby inflight

Blue-footed Booby (Sula nebouxii) inflight by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

7. Going in!

Going in! by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

8. Galapagos Dove

Galápagos Dove (Zenaida galapagoensis) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

As usual, there are a lot of other pictures too.. many of seals and sealions. The full set of the day is:

 http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragons…th/7548072656/





Creatures of Isla Fernandina and Isla Isabela–Galapagos

4 07 2012

Day 16 of our trip to Ecuador had us checking out Isla Fernandina and Isla Isabela… Some interesting creatures along the way:

1. The Zombie Horde

Like something out of a bad horror movie by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. Getting a premium seat

Getting a premium seat by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. Watch your step!

Watch your step! by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. Not a car insurance salesman…

Galápagos Lava Lizard (Microlophus albemarlensis) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. Not something I’m used to seeing swim by shore.

Ray! by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6. Mrs Dragonspeed and a Playful sealion

Posers by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

7.
How do you keep your top clean? by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

One last one (not taken with the Canon – Fuji XP underwater camera)

Pacific green sea turtle. by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

More cool critters and birds available in the whole set from the day at:
 http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragons…th/7482728532/





Birds of Isla Fernandina and Isla Isabela

3 07 2012

Day 5 of our time on the Galapagos brought us to Isla Fernandina and the west coast of Isabela. The snorkeling was amazing (turtles, turtles, turtles!!) and it was our only chance to see a Galapagos Hawk.

Here are the birds of the day:

1. Galapagos Hawk:

Galapagos Hawk (Buteo galapagoensis) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. The omnipresent Brown Pelican:

Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. Wandering Tattler

Wandering Tattler (Tringa Incana) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. Flightless Cormorant (explaining to an Iguana why he can’g fly?)

Flightless Cormorant (Phalacrocorax harrisi) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. Young Galapagos Penguin Molting

Young Galapagos Penguin (Spheniscus mendiculus) molting. by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6. Brown Noddy and chick

Brown Noddy (Anous stolidus) with chick by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

7. Blue-footed Booby on the cliffs.

Blue-footed Booby (Sula nebouxii) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

The whole day’s set can be seen at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragons…7630377805080/

Oh, and the turtle video from snorkeling is:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJqNVtFCJ6Y





Ecuador – 2012-04-03 – Fernandina and Isabela

1 07 2012
Pacific green sea turtle.Sunrise over IsabelaSunrise over IsabelaMorning TurtleIsla FernandinaGalapagos Hawk (Buteo galapagoensis)
Galapagos Hawk (Buteo galapagoensis)Like something out of a bad horror movieA touch of colourGetting a premium seatMarine IguanaWatch your step!
Two pretty touristsDeath on the islandSun-bleached whale bonesHermit CrabGalápagos Lava Lizard (Microlophus albemarlensis)Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)
Ray!Hey - come on in!PosersLava CactusMuk Muk and Boxer Duck hang with the iguanasHow do you keep your top clean?

Lots of Marine Iguanas! Tonnes of them! Also some Blue-Footed Boobies and other cool stuff.





Birds of Isla Isabela and Las Tintoreras

24 06 2012

Our next stop on our visit to the Galapagos brought us to Puerto Villamil on Isla Isabela. Here are some of the birds we saw there:

1. Lava Heron

Lava Heron (Butorides sundevalli) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. Greater Flamingos

Greater Flamingos of Isla Isabela by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. A shaky Whimbrel (taken while moving in a bouncy "bus")

Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. Diving Blue-footed Booby

Blue-Footed Booby Diving by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. Yellow Warbler (Galapagos subspecies)

Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6. Our posing friends…

Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

7. Guardian of the trail.

Magnificent Frigatebird in silouhette by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

The whole set (including a bunch of sealions and iguanas) can be seen at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragons…th/7434363794/

I hope you enjoy them!





Ecuador – 2012-04-02 – Isabela

24 06 2012
Magnificent Frigatebird in silouhetteStreets of Puerto VillamilOn the "Bus"A little baby TortoiseA little baby TortoiseTortoises of the Galapagos Tortoise Breeding Center
Tortoises of the Galapagos Tortoise Breeding CenterTortoises of the Galapagos Tortoise Breeding CenterTortoises of the Galapagos Tortoise Breeding CenterTortoises of the Galapagos Tortoise Breeding CenterTortoises of the Galapagos Tortoise Breeding CenterTortoises of the Galapagos Tortoise Breeding Center
Tortoises of the Galapagos Tortoise Breeding CenterGreater Flamingos of Isla IsabelaGreater Flamingos of Isla IsabelaGreater Flamingos of Isla IsabelaSlow - Tortoise crossingJim on the "bus"
Walking back from the Wall of Tears - it was HOT!Lava Lizard on the Wall of TearsThe wall of tearsFlowering CactusThe wall of tearsWhimbrel (Numenius phaeopus)

We visited Isla Isabela and Las Tintoreras on this day. It was another cool day of discovery on the Galapagos!





Galapagos Turtles, Penguins and Iguanas!!!

21 06 2012

The videos pretty much speak for themselves… what an incredible experience!

1st video…
2nd video…

Talk about COOL!





Always Watch your Back!

17 06 2012

Mrs Dragonspeed was posing with some surf splash in the background… Little to know that she was about to get QUITE WET!

Click on the image for a full sized set.





Sealions and Iguanas on Sombrero Chino, Galapagos

17 06 2012

Day 11 of our Ecuador Vacation found us on Sombrero Chino… Some pretty casual sealions and a few Iguanas!

1. Just waking up?

Sealions by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. Someone turn off that light – I have a hangover!

Sealions by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. Hey! Wazzup?

Marine Iguana by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. I have to wake up? Uh… No.

Sealions by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. Yess?

Sealions by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6. Welcome to the island… I’m watching you.

Checking out the morning tourists by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

7. Lava Lizard

Lava Lizard by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

The whole set (including Birds and other landscapes) for the day can be found at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragons…th/7388785830/

Enjoy!





Birds of Sombrero Chino, Galapagos

17 06 2012

Birds of Sombrero Chino, Galapagos

1. Nazca Booby – on the wing

Nazca Booby (Sula granti) on the hunt by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. Blue-Footed Booby on the wing

Blue-footed Booby (Sula nebouxii) in Flight by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. Female Great Frigatebird on the wing

Female Great Frigatebird (Fregata minor) in flight by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. Race to the bottom!

Two Frigatebirds (Fregata minor) fighting over food. by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. American Oystercatcher

American Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6. Why they’re called "Blue-Footed Boobies"

Why they are called "Blue-Footed Boobies" by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

The set from the day (including a bunch of non-bird shots) can be seen at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragons…th/7388793494/

Enjoy!





Ecuador – 2012-03-31 – Santiago and Bartolome

12 06 2012
Watch your StepSunrise on BartolomeStriated Heron (Butorides striata)Animal Hunting in the GalapagosGalapagos Penguin (Spheniscus mendiculus)Galapagos Penguin (Spheniscus mendiculus)
Galapagos Penguin (Spheniscus mendiculus)Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)Galapagos Penguin (Spheniscus mendiculus)Blue-footed Booby (Sula nebouxii)Striated Heron (Butorides striata)Crab
You never know what's down the hole!You never know what's down the hole!Resting on the LavaResting on the LavaLava on Isla SantiagoLava on Isla Santiago
Lava on Isla SantiagoLocustLava on Isla SantiagoLava on Isla SantiagoContrastsLava Ovens

Another day of our 3 week vacation in Ecuador! Santiago had amazing lava formations. Bartolome a cool beach and that Pinnacle rock was neat!





Isla Genovesa – Seal and Sealions

7 06 2012

A couple of shots from Isla Genovesa in the Galapagos

1. Baby Sealion pup

Sealion Pup on Genovesa by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. Shuffled up to the Milk Bar

Warm milk, on the beach… what a life by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. The Hard life…

Galápagos fur seal (Arctocephalus galapagoensis) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. Family portrait and a visitor (Mrs Dragonspeed) – OK, this one was taken with a Fuji XP after getting out of the water 🙂

Sealion Family and a Tourist! by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

The Islands were amazing!!! The full set from that day on Genovesa can be seen at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragons…7630014141555/

I hope you enjoy the virtual visit!





Galapagos Islands – Isla Genovesa Birds

7 06 2012

Our first full day of our Galapagos trip was spent on Isla Genovesa. It was a bird paradise!
1. Magnificent Frigatebird (male)
Image
Male Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. Red-Footed Booby
Image
Red-footed Booby (Sula sula) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. Swallow-Tailed Gull
Image
Hopping Mad? by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. Either Lava or Striated Heron – Wanna buy a watch?
Image
Pssst…. wanna buy a watch? by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. Nazca Booby – cooling the eggs.
Image
One lucky, one not so much by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6. Female Magnificent Frigatebird
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Female Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

There are sooooo many other cool shots! See the set from the day at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspee … 014141555/

I hope you enjoy your virtual visit to the Galapagos!





Snorkeling with Sealions

4 06 2012

Finally got around to editing a bit more of the video from the Galapagos trip. Here’s one of our snorkeling encounters with sealions in various bays.  Our travelling companion, Hidi, even makes a brief appearance 🙂

 

They are SOOO cool when they turn and twist underwater.  This movie was put together with iMovie – a bit of a learning curve, and somewhat limited, but easy enough…





Galapagos – Day 1

2 06 2012

Some shots from our visit to the Galapagos


Galapagos Tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

Eating Guava – tough with no hands

Galapagos Tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

Cooling down

Galapagos Tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

Natural Born Tortoise

Natural born tortoise by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

Warming up

Just hangin’ out by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

Full set from that day is at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragons…14444916/show/





Galapagos Snokeling videos

28 04 2012

In a branch out from my regular "photography" we have a bit of Cinematography!

A couple of videos I put together from snorkeling in the Galapago Islands.  They were shot on a Fuji XP waterproof camera…

Water was lovely! Quite an experience…
Watch for the SHARK!




And here we go again!

22 03 2012

Watch this space for more goodies!

 

🙂








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